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  • February 26, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 40000
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Valencia - Sevilla Preview: Hosts look to get payback at Mestalla in the clubs' fourth meeting this season

Valencia - Sevilla Preview: Hosts look to get payback at Mestalla in the clubs' fourth meeting this season

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Riding high after knocking out Stoke City in the Europa League, Unai Emery's men look to avoid their third defeat of the season to Sunday's 11th-placed visitors


PROBABLE LINEUPS


VALENCIA

Alves
Bruno, Rami, Dealbert, Mathieu
Albelda, Tino Costa
Feghouli, Jonas, Piatti
Soldado

SEVILLA


Palop
Coke, Spahic, Fazio, Navarro

Navas, Medel, Rakitic, Reyes
Kanoute, Negredo

For the Europa League contenders, Roberto Soldado, fresh from his first call-up to the Spain national team since 2007, will likely be in the starting XI after coming on as a substitute on Thursday.

On the injury front, Sergio Canales and Hedwiges Maduro are still recovering from serious problems and will not feature, while Miguel is set to miss a month after suffering an injury to his right leg last weekend. With the recent bizare damage to Ever Banega, the Argentine will miss the rest of the season and Tino Costa looks to replace him.

For Sevilla, the team looks fairly healthy entering the contest, though Gary Medel, Ivan Rakitic, Frederic Kanoute and Federico Fazio practiced separate from the rest of the team early in the week, but they are all expected to be fit for the contest.

However, the mid-table side will be without the services of defender Alexis, who was sent out on loan to Getafe until June.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia currently sit in third place in La Liga with 40 points, seven ahead of Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao.
  • On Thursday, a goal from Jonas saw Los Che defeat Stoke City in the second leg of their Europa Leage round-of-32 clash. The Spaniards advanced 2-0 on aggregate.
  • In their last four games, Emery's side have kept three clean sheets, two coming against the English side in cup play.
  • Sevilla, who sit in 11th place in the league with 29 points, are only four away from fourth.
  • The visitors have beaten Valencia twice this season, 1-0 in their first league match and 2-1 in a Copa del Rey clash
  • Before beating Osasuna 2-0 last week in league play, the visitors had gone eight La Liga fixtures without a win.

Players to watch

Bruno

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The quick veteran will have his chance to make an impact with Miguel injured. He performed well on Thursday, getting up the field rapidly and joining the attack, and now is his chance to make his mark and earn more time on the pitch.

G. Medel

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The former Boca Juniors player opened the scoring last time out for his side and will have to be a factor going forward if his side are to earn a spot in the Champions League. A victory on Sunday would go a long way in getting there so the Chilean must step up.

Editor's Prediction

Valencia have played well at home as of late and the trend should continue against the desperate visitors, with Roberto Soldado playing a big role after being called up to the Spain national team.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Valencia

Sevilla

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol Valencia
Draw
Sevilla FC SEV
Sevilla FC Sevilla
67%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
2 - 0
Sevilla FC SEV
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
2 - 1
Sevilla FC SEV
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
3 - 1
Sevilla FC SEV

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